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Megaesophagus in Dogs

We would like to thank Susan of Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs for the use of the photos and her commitment to her goal to eventually provide these chairs for free to families in need. Megaesophagus is a nerve disorder (neuropathy) that impairs the muscles of the esophagus from functioning properly. The condition weakens the esophagus by loosening the muscles causing…

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Lumps and Bumps on Your Dog or Cat

If you find a lump or a bump either on or underneath the skin of your dog or cat, you may want to rush to the internet to find out what it is. The problem is that many of the possible reasons look identical, which may result in undue panic. So, images are unreliable. In fact, look at…

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats

    We would like to thank Olesia Kennedy of EPI4Dogs Foundation for her assistance with this article, the photos, and tireless dedication to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. I encourage everyone to visit EPI4Dogs.com. Don’t be intimidated by the title. The basics of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) are easy to understand. However,…

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Hemopet Non-Profit Helps Save Lives

  Hemopet operates behind-the-scenes helping the veterinary community save our companion dogs’ lives. It is rare for us to have the opportunity to demonstrate how critical our services are. I want to spotlight, Robin, the fearless police dog who was stung by approximately 60-100 bees in May 2015. In the video, you will hear my…

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Puppy Vaccination Schedule and Socialization: Can they go together?

My esteemed colleague, Robert K. Anderson, DVM, MPH, DACVB, DACVPM, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine was a revolutionary in the field of animal behavior. He was not only the co-inventor of the Gentle Leader and the Easy Walk Harnesses but also brought to the forefront the discussion of puppy socialization and…

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Higher Is Not the Same as High Quality

Yes; it appears that certain commercial kibbles have higher protein content – according to the guaranteed analysis – than commercially prepared raw foods. In the comparison below, the dry matter basis clearly demonstrates that the commercially prepared raw food has more protein. I prefer that you compare the actual amount of protein per pound on…

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Bones

While a level of caution is necessary regarding bones, several reports have overstated the issue by saying that all recreational bones are bad for dogs. I agree that pieces of bones can chip off when chewed, can also chip a dog’s tooth…..as well as causing choking if lodged sideways. The benefits, though, are tooth cleaning,…

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